Chess puzzle

No. 398

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Scibior-Chiu, Varsity Match 2013. Black now powered through into the white position. What…

No. 397

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Shirov-Nakamura, Zurich 2016. Black is winning easily but now finished with a fine…

No. 396

20 February 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Anna Muzychuk-Salem, Gibraltar Masters 2016. How did White conjure up a decisive material…

No. 395

13 February 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Van Wely-Carlsen, Wijk aan Zee 2016. Carlsen had a lucky escape in this…

No. 394

6 February 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Alekhine-Flohr, Bled 1931. White has a positional advantage but can you spot the…

No. 393

30 January 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Keres-Mardle, Hastings 1964. How did Keres ignite his attack? Answers to me at The…

No. 392

23 January 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Keres-Spassky, Gothenburg 1955. Can you spot White’s crushing blow? Answers to me at…

No. 391

16 January 2016 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Fischer-Benko, US Championship, New York 1963. The obvious 1 e5 is successfully parried by 1…

Puzzle no. 390

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This is a variation from Carlsen-Grischuk, London Classic 2015. Carlsen won but this week’s puzzle shows how…

Chess puzzle

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Wright-Keene, Slater Tournament, Southend 1968. Black’s next move destroyed the white kingside and…

Chess Puzzle

12 December 2015 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Fernandez-Jackson, Aberystwyth 2014. White brilliantly exploited the draughty position of the black king…

Chess Puzzle

5 December 2015 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Edward Lasker-Thomas, London 1912. This is one of the most famous combinations ever…

No. 389

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Basman-Keene, Slater Tournament, Southend 1968. How can Black quickly gain a decisive advantage?…

No. 388

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Sursock–Larsen, Siegen 1970. How can Black win material? Answers to me at The Spectator…

No. 387

14 November 2015 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from A.Muzychuk-Dzagnidze, Monaco 2015. How can White finish off with a classic…

No. 386

7 November 2015 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Kasparov-Karpov, London/Leningrad (Game 16). Kasparov saw this conclusion many moves in advance. White would…

No. 385

29 October 2015 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Koneru-Zhukova, Monaco 2015. How did White quickly exploit the constricted position of the…

No. 384

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Inarkiev-Salem, World Blitz, Berlin 2015. How did Black conclude the attack? Answers to…

Puzzle no. 383

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Black to play. This is from Karjakin-Svidler, Fidé World Cup, Baku 2015. The position occurred earlier in the third game…

Puzzle no. 382

10 October 2015 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Blackburne-Schwarz, Berlin 1881. What is the best way to deal with the knight check?…

No. 381

3 October 2015 8:00 am

Black to play. This is from Botterill-Basman, Eastbourne 1973. What is Black’s best move? Answers to me at The Spectator…

No. 380

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Abramciuc–Nevednichy, Chisinau 2014. How can Black simplify down to a winning endgame? Answers…

Puzzle no. 379

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Black to play. This position is a variation from So-Nakamura, St Louis 2015. How can Black conclude the attack with…

Puzzle no. 378

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is a variation from So-Aronian, St Louis 2015. How can Black conclude the attack? Answers…

No. 377

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is a variation from Maslak-Smerdon, Pardubice 2007. Black has powered through on the kingside. How…